Center Fielder, Austin Jackson was placed on waivers by the Seattle Mariners. Because he was not claimed by any of the other Major League teams, he is now available to be traded or outright released.
The 28 year old has struggled since coming the Mariners. While he was touted to lock-down the center field spot, he has not proved that offensively he can be a top of the order hitter. Austin does have above average defense, but lack of production at lead-off has seen him replaced by other players.
A .261 batting average appears to be “ok,” Jackson has proved unsuccessful at stealing bases (15 steals 9 caught stealing), at getting on base (.304 on base percentage), an inability to drive in runs (36 RBI), while posting an eye popping 104 strikeouts to only 24 walks.
In the last year of his contract, moving Austin appears to be an attempt to acquire a minor leaguer for the rental of his services. Rumors abound that there are some contenders (such as Texas) who may be willing to try and roll the dice with him offensively while upgrading their defense.